The US Navy is working to decentralize strike capability from fewer high value assets onto numerous and more affordable small platforms. An advancement of the feasibility of Navy’s distributed lethality concept, this study examined the conversion of Freedom Class Littoral Combat Ships to strike-capable platforms by replacing existing helicopter aviation facilities with a variety of missile launching systems and enabling sensors. The study produced and analyzed a tradespace of 384 variants with different vertical launching system (VLS) configurations, missile loadouts, and bolt-on weapon systems to ultimately choose an optimal combination of high performance and low cost.

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